Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, playing his first solo concert at the age of fifteen, and releasing his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen.
Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in Asia, the Americas, and Europe, and has been featured in numerous guitar magazines around the world. His album, Desert Pirate, was voted one of the essential albums of the last 20 years by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His peculiar guitar style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar. What sets Leeb apart from some of his contemporaries is his ability to use pyrotechnics, as well as the sense of time and groove that he developed after three years studying West African traditional music.
All this has earned him a loyal worldwide following, including a number of well-known fans. Guitarist Eric Roche was his guitar teacher, “for about five minutes and then I heard him play”, Jon Gomm awarded him “ten out of ten Gomms”, and Guthrie Govan thinks that “what Thomas does on an acoustic guitar probably shouldn’t be legal.”
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